Wheels Up: The Best Restaurants in the U.S. Are Worth the Plane Ticket

In the food world, the James Beard Awards are akin to the Oscars; they're the penultimate recognition for outstanding culinary talent. Year after year, the James Beard Foundation hosts a prestigious award ceremony, rewarding household chefs and rising stars in a variety of categories that spans the entire country across various categories from wine and pastry to service and restaurateur. But just like the Oscars took a stance this year with the #MeToo movement, something felt different at this year's James Beard Awards. For the first time in history, over half of the categories were won by women or people of color, according to The New Yorker.

This year, women were at the forefront of the James Beard Awards—and for good reason. They have been behind the country's best restaurants, best dishes, and best pastries. Ready to turn your culinary experiences up a notch? From the best Carribean to Israeli food and more, here are the best restaurants in the U.S. this year, according to the James Beard Foundation. Save these to your Google Maps and make a reservation next time you're in town. You won't be disappointed.